Jan 1, 2022; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Siaki Ika (62) reaches for Mississippi Rebels quarterback Luke Altmyer (7) during the first half in the 2022 Sugar Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Monaray Baldwin, Baylor defense highlight Sugar Bowl victory

Monaray Baldwin scored on a tiebreaking 48-yard run as No. 7 Baylor notched its school-record 12th win by beating No. 8 Ole Miss 21-7 on Saturday night at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

With the teams tied at 7-7 in the fourth quarter, Baldwin took off on a jet sweep and blazed his way to the end zone to give the Bears (12-2) the go-ahead score with 11:14 remaining.

Baylor improved to 2-1 in the Sugar Bowl — the other win came in 1957 — and 14-12 all-time in bowls.

A year after going 2-7, the Big 12 champion topped its previous 11-win seasons in 2013, 2014 and 2019.

Abram Smith rushed for 172 yards on 25 carries, and Gerry Bohanon was 7 for 17 for 40 yards with a touchdown and an interception after missing the previous two games.

JT Woods produced two interceptions and Al Walcott had a 96-yard pick-six for the defense, which logged 10 sacks and recorded a turnover for the 22nd straight game.

Playing his final game for Ole Miss (10-3), quarterback Matt Corral left with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter after suffering a lower-leg injury while being sacked by Baylor’s Cole Maxwell.

He rushed seven times for 17 yards and was 2-for-6 passing for 10 yards with an interception in three series. The star signal-caller later returned to the sideline on crutches.

True freshman Luke Altmyer replaced Corral and was 15 for 29 for 174 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Dontario Drummond’s 104 yards on nine receptions pushed him past 1,000 receiving yards for the season.

Baylor’s defense entered with 16 interceptions — seventh in the country — and delivered a message early, with Woods picking off Corral downfield on the second play from scrimmage.

With Altmyer in, Ole Miss moved inside the red zone early in the second quarter. Matt Jones then batted the quarterback’s pass right to Walcott, who dashed 96 yards for a 7-0 lead with 10:16 left until halftime.

However, Altmyer tied it with 9:13 left in the third quarter when he lobbed a perfect 37-yard strike to Braylon Sanders — Altmyer’s first career TD pass.

Tyquan Thornton caught a short TD pass midway through the fourth for the final margin after Woods’ second interception set up Baylor at the Ole Miss 15.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2021; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Baylor faces No. 8 Ole Miss in compelling Sugar Bowl matchup

With the NFL looming on the horizon, Matt Corral gets one final chance to quarterback Ole Miss.

After leading the Rebels to a 10-2 record following a season-ending 31-21 Egg Bowl win over Mississippi State, Corral and the No. 8 Rebels will face No. 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s night.

In one of the more intriguing New Year’s Day Six bowls, Corral decided to play for the Rebels – who opened as a two-point betting favorite — after announcing before the Egg Bowl that he would enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

His presence will allow head coach Lane Kiffin and outgoing offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby – headed to Oklahoma — another chance to produce numbers that slotted the Rebels fourth in total offense (506.7 yards per game) – 282.4 passing, 224.2 rushing.

One of only four FBS quarterbacks with 20 passing touchdowns and at least 10 rushing scores (he has 11), the Ventura, Calif., native finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.

“It never crossed my mind” to sit out the game, Corral said. “I’m healthy … I’m going to give these guys everything I got until it’s over.”

Ole Miss is the nation’s only offense with four rushers with at least 500 yards – Jerrion Ealy (703), Snoop Conner (605), Corral (597) and Henry Parrish Jr. (542).

Explosive defensive lineman Sam Williams, who set a school record with 12.5 sacks, will also play for Ole Miss, which has no opt-outs for the New Orleans classic.

The Rebels sport a 6-3 record in the Sugar Bowl, including a 48-20 victory over Oklahoma State after the 2015 season.

Ole Miss is 12-2 in its past 14 bowl games dating back to the 1992 Liberty Bowl and 10-4 in bowls against current Big 12 members.

A second-year head coach at his current school like Kiffin, Dave Aranda has built Baylor (11-2) into a hard-nosed team that played strong defense, ran the ball well and got consistent quarterback play on the way to claiming its third Big 12 title in a 21-16 win over Oklahoma State in Dallas on Dec. 4.

That stout defense and a strong running game behind Abram Smith (1,429 yards, 12 TDs) and Trestan Ebner (763 yards) will be key to controlling the pace for Baylor, which is making its second Sugar Bowl appearance in three years after losing 26-14 to Georgia two seasons ago.

In its only other Sugar Bowl appearance — at Tulane Stadium in 1957 — Baylor pulled off a 13-7 upset of No. 2 Tennessee, which was undefeated and led by Heisman runner-up Johnny Majors.

Tied with Iowa for 14th in scoring defense, Baylor yields 19.15 points, while Corral and crew score 36 per outing.

“I think it’s a good contrast in styles, and we’re looking forward to that challenge,” said Aranda, who was LSU’s first-year defensive coordinator in 2016 when Kiffin was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in a 10-0 Crimson Tide win.

Out for two games with a hamstring injury, quarterback Gerry Bohanon is healthy and will lead the Baylor offense.

Aranda said Monday that backup Blake Shapen, who relieved Bohanon in a win over Kansas State and was triumphant in two subsequent starts including the Big 12 title game, has a shoulder injury and likely will not play.

The contest marks just the second all-time meeting between the schools: Baylor won 20-10 at home on Sept. 6, 1975.

–Field Level Media

Sep 18, 2021; Carson, California, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Charlie Brewer (12) throws against the San Diego State Aztecs during the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: QB Charlie Brewer transferring to Liberty

Quarterback Charlie Brewer, previously the starter at both Baylor and Utah, is transferring to Liberty, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

Brewer has one year of eligibility remaining.

He began the 2021 season as Utah’s starting quarterback but decided to leave the program in September after he was replaced during the third game of the season. Cameron Rising took over in a 33-31 loss to San Diego State in triple overtime and led the Utes to a 10-3 record and a berth in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State.

“Charlie has decided to move on and we wish him the best,” coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement issued Sept. 21, three days after the loss to the Aztecs.

Brewer was 1-2 as a starter, Rising 9-1.

Brewer joined the Utes in 2021 as a graduate transfer after four seasons at Baylor. Brewer completed 48 of 79 passes for 484 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

He passed for 9,700 yards, 65 touchdowns and 28 picks at Baylor (2017-20).

Liberty will need a quarterback to replace Malik Willis, a potential first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Also on the Liberty roster is Kaidon Salter, a four-star prospect in the Class of 2021 who committed to Tennessee but was dismissed from the program before the season after two run-ins with the law.

Liberty (7-5) will meet Eastern Michigan (7-5) in the LendingTree Bowl on Dec. 18.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Blake Shapen (12) passes the ball during the third quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Baylor hosts Texas Tech, eyes berth in Big 12 title game

No. 8 Baylor looks to punch its ticket to the Big 12 Conference championship game when it hosts bowl-eligible Texas Tech on Saturday in the teams’ regular-season finale in Waco, Texas.

If the Bears win and Oklahoma State defeats Oklahoma later on Saturday, Baylor will garner a spot in the Big 12 title game against the Cowboys on Dec. 4 in Arlington, Texas. If the Sooners win, they will earn a rematch with the Cowboys despite their 27-14 loss to Baylor on Nov. 13.

Baylor coach Dave Aranda said Monday that while playing for the Big 12 crown is a tempting distraction, he expected his team to stay the course it has traveled this season and focus on defeating Texas Tech.

“With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s going to be family and friends, and I’m sure they’re going to bring up (the championship game),” Aranda said. “But from our end, there are parts of that that we don’t control. I know what we do control is our effort, our focus and mindset on Saturday morning.”

The Bears (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) head home after a gritty 20-10 win at Kansas State last week in which starting quarterback Gerry Bohanon was injured late in the first half.

A clutch performance by backup Blake Shapen (137 passing yards, 44 rushing) was augmented by a stout defense that limited Kansas State to just 263 yards for the game and three points after halftime.

“It was probably our best game to date in terms of alignment and technique and effort to the ball and tackling,” Aranda said about the win over Kansas State. “I was so impressed with our coaches and our players playing this well this late in the year.”

Bohanon is listed as day-to-day with a right hamstring strain. Given that Baylor leads the Big 12 in rushing yards per game (231.7) as well as total offense (447.5), expect the Bears to rely on their ground attack against Tech.

Texas Tech (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) has endured an up-and-down season that has included both the firing of coach Matt Wells and the team’s first postseason berth since 2017. The Red Raiders head to Waco after a 23-0 loss at home to Oklahoma State last Saturday, a game that marked the first time Texas Tech had been held scoreless since 1997.

The Red Raiders managed just 108 total yards, 25 of which came on its closing drive. Donovan Smith passed for just 83 yards in the loss, and Tech ran for only 25 yards in 26 carries.

“Our defense played well enough for us to win,” Texas Tech interim coach Sonny Cumbie said. “They battled. They held Oklahoma State to field goals. If you do that in this league, then you should have a chance to be in the ball game in the fourth quarter and have a chance to win it. We just didn’t give them enough help.”

Texas Tech never got closer that the Oklahoma State 33-yard line in the defeat. The Red Raiders have shown offensive explosiveness this season, averaging 410.4 yards and 30.5 points per game even with the loss to Oklahoma State added to the mix.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Baylor Bears running back Trestan Ebner (1) is pushed out of bounds by Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Ross Elder (19) during the first quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 11 Baylor wins defensive battle over K-State

Backup quarterback Blake Shapen threw for 137 yards and the defense was stellar as No. 11 Baylor defeated Kansas State 20-10 Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Baylor (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) can still reach the Big 12 Championship game with a win next weekend against Texas Tech and an Oklahoma loss at Oklahoma State.

Shapen, a redshirt freshman, had thrown just three passes all season long.

Baylor held Kansas State (7-4, 4-4) to 263 total yards. The Bears also allowed K-State to convert just 4-of-13 on third down. The Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

K-State super-senior quarterback Skylar Thompson, playing in his final home game for K-State, finished just 15-of-29 for 158 yards. Deuce Vaughn had 165 total yards, including 128 on the ground.

Neither team could mount much offense in the second half.

K-State’s Chris Tennant made a 28-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 17-10 midway through the third quarter. K-State had the ball at the Baylor 11 but missed on three straight incompletions.

Isaiah Hankins answered with his own 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Baylor got on the board first. The Bears went three-and-out on their first drive, but Phillip Brooks muffed a punt and Baylor recovered on the K-State 24. Five plays later, Trestan Ebner ran it in from 6 yards out.

Gerry Bohanon found Drake Dabney in the corner of the end zone to extend the lead to 14-0. The 2-yard pass capped a 15-yard, 74-yard drive. Baylor converted a fourth-and-1 at their own 46 early in the drive.

K-State cut it to 14-7 on a 65-yard touchdown run by Vaughn with 2:51 left in the first half. The run nearly matched the total yards K-State had gained (74) to that point in the half.

K-State kept the ball after Baylor was ruled offsides on a punt on fourth-and-5. Vaughn’s run came on the next play.

Bohanon had to leave the game late in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury. He was replaced by Shapen.

Hankins kicked a 22-yard field goal as time expired to make the halftime score 17-7. Baylor could not convert first-and-goal from the K-State 8-yard line with 30 seconds left and two timeouts.

Vaughn finished the first half with 115 rushing yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA;  Baylor Bears head coach Dave Aranda reacts during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

No. 11 Baylor hits Manhattan, visits streaking Kansas State

Kansas State’s four-game winning streak faces a serious test when No. 11 Baylor comes to Manhattan on Saturday.

K-State (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) has a chance to turn a good season into a special one with a victory over the Bears. Their four wins have all come against teams currently in the bottom half of the Big 12 standings. A win over Baylor definitely would improve the resume.

“Baylor’s a really good football team,” head coach Chris Klieman said Tuesday. “They deserve all the accolades they’re getting. They’re good in all three phases. We’re going to have our hands full.

“Our guys have good confidence right now. Now we just have to put the plan in place and be able to go out and execute.”

K-State’s balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense have peaked during the winning streak.

Quarterback Skylar Thompson is completing nearly 75 percent of his passes during the four-game streak. Running back Deuce Vaughn, who is just 13 yards shy of 1,000 yards on the season, has gained 444 yards with eight touchdowns during the streak.

If Vaughn gets to 1,000 yards, he’ll be the first Wildcats running back to do so since Alex Barnes in 2018, and just the second since 2013.

“He takes care of his body,” Klieman said. “We’re trying to move him around. Sometimes he’s as good a decoy as there is in college football. He’s allowing other guys to make plays. But we’re also finding ways to get him the football. When he gets the ball in space, we all know he can make a highlight film at any time.”

The defense has allowed just 39 points (in 14 quarters) since giving up 24 first-half points at Texas Tech in the first game of the streak.

The Wildcats will have their hands full against Baylor (8-2, 5-2), who still have a strong shot at the Big 12 championship game.

Balance is the name of the game for the Bears.

Baylor joins Alabama and Georgia as the only Power-5 teams ranked top-20 nationally in scoring offense and scoring defense. The Bears are 20th in scoring offense (35.4 points per game) and 20th in scoring defense (19.9). Their defense is holding opponents to 11.7 points/game below their scoring averages in their eight wins.

Offensively, Baylor ranks sixth nationally with 6.97 yards per play and third nationally with 5.94 yards per rush. The Bears are fourth nationally with 237.5 rushing yards per game, after ranking 123rd last season (90.3 ypg).

Running back Abram Smith ranks third nationally in yards per carry (7.34), fifth in yards (1,203) and 23rd in touchdowns (11).

The Bears also come in on an emotional high after handing Oklahoma its first loss of the season, 27-14.

“I’m very happy for our guys,” head coach Dave Aranda said. “Inside our locker room there’s a log of emotion and energy. A lot of work has gone into that. I’m really proud of the results that come from that work.

“There are so many things I’m proud of with this team. It starts with people. The person drives the player. So many times, you can skip and go right to plays and schemes. They did play a part today, but they were driven by people.”

Baylor’s strong play of late has pushed Aranda’s name into the coaching rumor mill — including at Southern Cal and LSU. He was born in Southern California and was defensive coordinator at LSU prior to becoming Baylor head coach.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Baylor Bears head coach Dave Aranda yells to his players on the field during the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 Baylor welcomes No. 8 Oklahoma for must-win clash at Waco

Baylor, despite losing to TCU last weekend, still has a chance to make the Big 12 Championship Game for the second time in three seasons.

Oklahoma, despite a string of narrow wins, is still in the hunt for a College Football Playoff berth.

All of this underscores Saturday’s game at Baylor being elevated to a must-win to keep those hopes alive.

The Bears (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) are coming off a 30-28 loss to TCU, giving up 468 passing yards and 570 yards of total offense — both more than 140 yards more than the Baylor defense had allowed in any other game this season.

Baylor coach Dave Aranda said his team struggled with communication in that game and would need to be better against the Sooners.

“When things are competitive or pressurized, communication halts,” Aranda said. “I think that happened on Saturday, both offensively and defensively. When you silo off, where it’s, ‘I’m kind of tight right now and this is a big moment, and now all the sudden I’m not talking anymore and all the sudden I don’t know what the guy to my left or right is doing so I may just do my own thing.’ There was some of that. Communication breeds confidence.”

The Bears dropped one spot to No. 13 following the loss.

Baylor has won all five games this season in Waco, Texas, including wins over a pair of teams that were ranked at the time.

No. 8 Oklahoma (9-0, 6-0) is looking to continue its recent dominance in November. The Sooners have won 23 consecutive games in November, without a loss in the month since 2014.

In 2015, Lincoln Riley’s first season as the Sooners’ offensive coordinator, Oklahoma won three consecutive games against ranked opponents, beginning with a win over then-No. 6 Baylor.

That stretch gave rise to the Sooners’ talk of “Championship November.” Oklahoma has won the Big 12 every season since then and used its November run to put itslef in position to claim a CFP berth in four of the last six seasons.

“It’s kind of similar to right now,” Riley, now the Sooners’ head coach, said of that 2015 run. “We had a lot of really good football teams to play at the end of the month and the end of the season. We got on a run and probably played some of our best ball of the year. I remember the phrase starting to get used right then, and then each year it’s become … you put yourself in a position, and fortunately we’ve been able to do it all the years.”

The last time the Sooners played at Baylor, the Bears led 31-10 at halftime before Oklahoma outscored Baylor 24-0 after the break to pull off a 34-31 victory.

To that point, Nik Bonitto was a defensive role player for the Sooners, but a flurry of late plays, including a game-clinching interception in the final minute with the Bears driving, elevated Bonitto’s confidence. Since, he’s been one of the defensive centerpieces for Oklahoma.

“He’s taken off from then and is a guy we’re going to need a big week from this week as well,” Sooners’ defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said.

The Sooners have won seven consecutive games in the series.

Baylor will be playing its first game since associate head coach and outside linebackers coach Joey McGuire was named Texas Tech’s head coach. Though McGuire isn’t coaching the Red Raiders this season, he immediately left the Bears to begin recruiting for Texas Tech.

Grinch was among the other candidates for the Texas Tech job.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; A general view of a Texas Tech Red Raiders helmet against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texas Tech hiring Baylor’s Joey McGuire as head coach

Texas Tech is expected to introduce Baylor associate head coach Joey McGuire as the next head football coach of the Red Raiders on Monday, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

He replaces Matt Wells, who was fired on Oct. 25 with a 5-3 record in his third season in Lubbock. Wells’ overall mark with the program was 13-17.

Texas Tech also considered Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch and Southern California offensive coordinator — and former Red Raiders quarterback — Graham Harrell for the vacancy, per the report.

McGuire has coached tight ends, defensive ends and linebackers during five seasons at Baylor under head coaches Matt Rhule (2017-19) and Dave Aranda. He has been the associate head coach for three seasons.

Prior to joining Rhule’s staff, McGuire led Cedar Hill High School to three Texas state championships. He compiled a 141-42 record and was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2020.

It’s not clear when McGuire would join the Red Raiders. Baylor is 7-2 this season, 4-2 in the Big 12, and ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Texas Tech is scheduled to play at Baylor on Nov. 27.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Hobbs Nyberg (23) is brought down by the Baylor Bears defense during the second half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

First test for TCU post-Gary Patterson is No. 14 Baylor

TCU and No. 14 Baylor will renew an old rivalry Saturday under anything but normal circumstances.

The surging Bears head to Fort Worth looking to collect their fourth win in a row. They will take on a Horned Frogs’ team under new leadership for the first time in 21 years after the school and longtime coach Gary Patterson mutually parted ways on Sunday.

TCU (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) is on a three-game skid that has dropped the Horned Frogs to ninth place in the standings. The last loss, a 31-12 setback at Kansas State, prompted a meeting Sunday that ended with Patterson walking away from a program he has guided since 2000.

Jerry Kill, a former head coach at Minnesota and Northern Illinois and a longtime friend of Patterson, will be the interim coach the rest of the season.

“I think the kids here respect me,” said Kill, who joined the TCU program as a consultant last season. “I’ve been around them enough, we’ve got a good game plan and we’ll go to work (Tuesday) and get after them. Nobody’s going to be Gary Patterson. I don’t claim to be Gary Patterson.”

On the other side of the field on Saturday, the Bears (7-1, 4-1) will focus on continuing what has propelled them into the hunt for a spot in the conference championship game.

Baylor owns the Big 12’s second-best offense, averaging 465.5 yards a game, and third-stingiest defense (339.4 yards allowed per game). Abram Smith has rushed for 930 yards and 11 touchdowns (116.3 yards per game), while quarterback Gerry Bohannon has been a major key with 1,753 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions in 203 pass attempts.

As effective as the Bears’ offense has been, defense has been at the eye of the storm — especially the last three weeks against foes with dangerous running attacks. Facing West Virginia’s Leddie Brown, Tyler Allgeier from BYU and Texas star Bijan Robinson, Baylor has been tough-as-nails — surrendering 120 yards total to that trio.

With running the ball a chore, the Bears’ foes have been forced to lean on the pass, and Baylor has recorded 13 sacks in the same three-game span.

“Change is different, especially when you’re pass-rushing to play the run, and now you play the run to get the opportunity to rush the passer,” second-year Baylor coach Dave Aranda said.

“The buy-in, the work, the grinding, has got it to where we’re winning the line of scrimmage.”

Those little battles have been tough for TCU in Big 12 play, where the Horned Frogs’ only victory is a 52-31 decision against Texas Tech.

The Horned Frogs’ defense — which was what Patterson built his legacy on — has been gashed for 443.3 total yards a game. Until last week, five foes in a row had rushed for 214 yards or more and each of the last four has thrown for 242 yards or more.

The abrupt change makes any wholesale changes difficult, but Kill said he and the remaining staff will focus on finding ways to help TCU get back on track.

“We’re not stopping trying to help TCU,” Kill said. “That would not be fair to Gary. We’ve got to carry on his legacy. … Everybody thinks everybody is out looking for a job, but that’s not happening right now. We are working. If you work and you do well, then if you’re out of a job, you get a job a lot quicker, if you’re doing your job here.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Jaylen Warren (7) runs the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Baylor Bears at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Warren helps No. 19 Oklahoma State beat No. 21 Baylor

Jaylen Warren rushed 125 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries and Spencer Sanders amassed 258 yards of total offense for as No. 19 Oklahoma State remained undefeated with a 24-14 win over No. 21 Baylor on Saturday evening in Big 12 play in Stillwater, Okla.

Warren’s 4-yard scoring run on a fourth-down play with 2:10 to play clinched the victory for the Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 Big 12). Oklahoma State has won its first five games of the year for the first time since 2015.

Sanders passed for 182 yards and a touchdown and ran for 76 yards but also suffered three interceptions. Tay Martin had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys.

Gerry Bohanon passed for 173 yards and Abram Smith had 97 yards on 10 carries for the Bears (4-1, 2-1). Baylor struggled on offense in the first half, rallied to within three points early in the fourth quarter but could not make the defensive plays late to get over the hump.

The Cowboys scored on their opening drive, moving 75 yards in 12 plays, the final of which was an 8-yard scoring run by Warren.

Sanders was intercepted on Oklahoma State’s next two possessions, the second of which came at the Baylor 7-yard line, ruining a 67-yard march.

Sanders connected with Rashod Owens on a 32-yard scoring pass with just 32 seconds to play in the first half to push the Oklahoma State lead to 14-0 at the break.

Baylor had just two first downs, six rushing yards and 99 total yards in the first half. The Cowboys earned 256 yards but only led by two touchdowns because of the turnovers.

Baylor finally answered, getting a 55-yard touchdown run by Smith with 3:14 to play in the third quarter. Tanner Brown’s 20-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter expanded Oklahoma State’s lead to 17-7.

But the Bears responded with a seven-play, 84-yard drive that was highlighted by a 44-yard pass from Bohanon to Tyquan Thornton and capped by Bohanon’s 1-yard quarterback sneak to pull Baylor within 17-14 with 12:04 to play..

That set the table for Oklahoma State’s final drive, with Warren and Sanders doing the bulk of the work and cementing the game with a final TD.

–Field Level Media